Wendy Ferguson is responsible for the day to day coordination of the Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists program for Henderson, Knox, McDonough, and Warren counties. Working with these groups of dedicated volunteers, she helps bring community members quality educational programming and outreach through a number of science-based events. Together they coordinate the Annual Monarch Migration Festival which attracts over 800 people each year, an annual Gardener’s Day conference, and a National Trail’s Day event to name just a few. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Wendy and the volunteers launched our popular take home kits, nature based activities for children ages preschool to adult. To date, more than 1,300 kits have been delivered throughout local communities.
Wendy also writes for two Illinois Extension blogs, the Naturalist Notebook, and Naturalist News. She also acts as the producer for the Good Growing podcast. She received her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Eureka College, completing an undergraduate research experience with the National Science Foundation on garlic mustard. She obtained her master’s degree in environmental studies with an emphasis on writing and communication at Green Mountain College, where she taught nature journaling to graduate students and interned for Terrain.org, an online environmental journal.
Specialty blogs, podcasts:
Naturalist News Blog:
Naturalist Notebook Blog:
Good Growing Podcast:
- Episode 36: Nature Journaling with Wendy Ferguson